Just off the Leestone road on the way into Kilkeel can be found the classic design of a guardroom with verandah that would have stood at the entrance to a camp and, about a hundred yards away, is this still very serviceable looking air raid shelter. Where was the camp? Who lived there?
Brides leave Kilkeel in 1945
visit to Co.Down after 63 years
Americans in Caledon Co. Tyrone
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Robbert - July '08
Your site is very interesting. I love storys of
WW2 - I get my grandmother to tell me them everytime
I'm with her. We live in a small village called
Eden just outside of Carrickfergus and along the
beach at the Fort Road there is an old army base
and pill boxes that were used the nights of the
Walking around the place I've collected many things
and when I was a young boy I dug up many bullet
shells and my grandfather had an old american
helmet he got when the war was over and the soldiers
Marie Pudlo - Feb '08
I am new to this website and absolutely delighted
to have found it as I was a young girl living
in Aghadowey during WW11.
Are you familiar with the aerdrome in Mullaghmore,Aghadowey,
Co. Derry? There are still existing runways and
many buildings including air raid shelters. Our
school was razed to build the aerdrome so my
genertion was educated in an American built hut
erected near by. Our home and several others
were also demolished so the families had to find
new housing. One end of this camp was designed
to accommodate the WAFFS and we as little girls
thought they were the most glamorous ladies right
out of Hollywood.
Maura Burke - Dec '06
I am fascinated by your site - my mother lived
on a farm in Newtownhamilton outside Newry, Northern
Ireland, during the war and she can't remember
the war having any affect on her every day life.
Could anyone tell me if anything significant happened
around that area - or is my mother correct and
the war had no affect on people in that area?
Peter Paul Rea - Oct '06
One of the Pill Boxes built in 1940 at Newtownards
Airport, On the Sea Bank has been listed and is
retained in its present condition.
Outside Donaghadee the remains of a Road Block
on the Peninsular Block are visible, One on either
side of the road.
The Battle HQ's at Newtownards Airport was demolished
in the 1980s and the E-Pens at Kirkstown Airfield
have been badly damaged within the past 3 years.
Around Newtownards, some of the TYPE a Pillboxes
John W. Dunbar - June '06
There are several small buildings at an area called
Portmon near the Giants Causeway which was an
army camp during WWII there were American, Belgian,
and probably british soldiers at this camp. I
remember them as I grew up near the village of
Lisnagunagh and remember the gunfire and the flares
on night excercises. When I was a teenager I roamed
all over this area and remember reading the names
soldiers had written on the walls of the buildings
I also carried home spent bullets and anti tank
shells and we used them for door stops. These
were all red brick buildings and I don't know
if they are still standing as I have lived in
toronto canada for the last 40 years and have
never gone back up there. This area is accessible
by a road that was built during the war from the
village of Carrowreagh but it may be a private
road today also it had a gate as there were sheep
grazing on the land.
Brian Taggart - April '06
There are numerous buildings on the old airfield
at Toomebridge Co Antrim, but I'm sure you know
of these ?
Diane Nickerson Bures - January
I have nothing of value to contribute to your
site, but I just learned of the US military presence
in Ireland during WW II from you, and am delighted.
My grandmother emigrated from Ireland, and her
son, my Father was in the Coast Guard during WW
II. I'm mighty proud of my Irish genes. My regret
is, that I wasn't aware of this site when I visited
Ireland with my younger son in 2000, but as General
MacArthur said, "I shall return," and
soon I hope. I must get on with my day now, but
I shall return to your site often to learn more.
Thank you, and to all who've contributed to your
Glyn - January '06
As far as I know it was the USAF who were in Kilkeel
during WW2. They had a major airbase at Cranfield
and in the 60's a lot more of the old buildings
and runways were still visible. I believe that
most of the runways may still be there but would
be overgrown by now.
B Burns - October '05
I grew up in Scarva during WW2, and watched the
'Pill Boxes' being built, German invasion was
expected through the Republic of Ireland, hence
all the' Pill Boxes' throughout N Ireland.
The land attached to 'Scarva House' was used
as a Petrol Depot during WW2. Many's the time
a few cans would fall off the trucks as they came
over that bridge from the railway. The people
with cars would dash out, lift the drain covers
put containers down into the hole and catch whatever
petrol they could.
Glenn Walsh - April '05
The 'air raid shelter' outside Kilkeel is the
transmitter or receiver block for a Chain Home
WWII radar station. The blockhouse at Stevenson's
farm is probably the complimentary installation
as the transmitter and receiver had to located
some distance apart so they didn't interfere with
one another. The back up generator was stored
in the Standby Set House, but the one shown is
very unusual in having windows.
There were a number of these stations including
one at Ballywalter and another at Articlave which
was still in use after the war. The most interesting
though is above Torr Head and was part of the
short-lived 1950s ROTOR early warning radar programme.
James O'Neill, Defence Heritage Project
The pillboxes along the Bann are part of a series
of 9 stop-lines built during 1940 as a system
of defence for N.Ireland. The Scarva defences
are part of the Lough Neagh-Carlingford Lough
line using the Bann and the Newry Canal as the
main obstacle, pill boxes being used to cover
the crossing points. Similar pillboxes (covering
crossing points) can be seen at Gilford and Dynes
Bridge. In total the NI Defence Heritage Project
has located 64 pillboxes remaining in N.Ireland
but this list is being continually added to.
Mr JF Dick - April 04
The D.O.E. defence Heritage project has listed 350+ sites
These are recorded and photographed.
the info should be available from the D.O.E
Gerry Armour - 1 May 2004
There is a small bomb shelter in Downpartick at
the top of Knocknashinna Rd. There is a tower
in a field. It's beside it on Downpatrick golf
course. They sealed it up because kids were going
down in to it and the lid was heavy and I think
some hurt themselves.
Are there any you know about?
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